Having a bath can be an intensely relaxing experience, which can be enjoyed at any age – especially at the end of a long day. Bathing a baby, on the other hand, although fun and rewarding, can also be extremely stressful. To ensure that as a parent you enjoy this magical experience, and to avoid feeling under pressure when co-ordinating the balancing act that is holding a wet baby and a small towel with only two hands, I strongly advise you to give Cuddledry a go. When I first read about it, I wasn’t sure if it was one of those pointless inventions that although sound great on paper, when it comes to it don’t actually make your life any easier – a chargeable milk frother comes to mind…But trying it out was a revelation: the towel is generous in size and works like an apron (you fasten two poppers behind you neck) that is long enough to fold back on itself and ‘become’ a towel. So when you hold your baby before bathing them you have plenty of fabric to ensure they’re kept warm without their clothes on, and – of course – when you pick them up, you can wrap them up generously and most crucially use both hands to do this is. So if you’re going to a baby shower any time soon or need to get a baby a new gift, this is something that is both practical and cuddly at the same time. It comes in a number of designs and colour-ways (from leopard print to pale blue and pink) and it’s made of pure unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre. It really is silky soft and dries very fast once used. In a word: genius.
For more information visit www.cuddledry.com. Prices start at £29.99.
Are you ready for Christmas? If – like me– you’re a last minute shopper, read on for some inspiration that could be just the ticket for those ‘question marks’ on your shopping list… Just in time for Christmas, the legendary Greek natural brand KORRES has launched the most exquisite four new gift sets, which could be the answer to your prayers: the Shower Gel Collection (£10 – a collection of 4 travel-size shower gels), the Bergamot Pear Collection (£15 a set which includes a shower gel and body milk – this by the way happens to be my favourite), the Mediterranean Trio (£26 which has a shower gel a body milk and a body butter) and finally the Guava Collection (£20 this one contains a guava shower gel a body milk and mandarin lip butter stick).
The lovely thing about these gift sets is that not only they’re original and unusual in their scent combinations, but they’re presented beautifully, and the quality of the products – they only use natural products with no added chemicals – is second to none. Consequently their aroma and texture are as light as they are exquisite. The Guava range, for instance, smells sweet and tropical, reminiscent of that holiday feeling, whereas the Bergamot Pear is as refreshing as a fruit sorbet after a heavy meal. Let’s face it, one can never have enough luxury bathroom products (especially if they look beautiful in your bathroom) so if you’re after some last minute inspiration you can’t go wrong with these sets…
KORRES Christmas sets are available to buy in-store and online from selected stockists, including debenhams.com.
About the products:
1. KORRES BERGAMOT PEAR COLLECTION RRP: £15.00. Go “festive fresh” with the Bergamot Pear collection. Reminiscent of sunny walks in the blooming countryside, this fresh, fruity and floral body line sets the holiday mood; Let the citrus accords, the aquatic tones and the fruity nuances refresh your senses. Contains: BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml
2. KORRES MERITERANEAN TRIO RRP: £26.00. Dazzling fresh Basil Lemon, freshly cut figs, bergamot and pears from Aegean island gardens; Reminiscent of long summer afternoons, the KORRES Mediterranean trio collection, instantly sets the mood for an idyllic get-away. Contains: BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml,FIG BODY BUTTER 125ml
3. KORRES GUAVA COLLECTION RRP: £20.00. An invigorating blend of tropical fruits offer an exotic note in the middle of the winter. Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 250ml, GUAVA BODY MILK 200ml, MANDARIN LIP BUTTER STICK colourless 5ml
4. KORRES SHOWER GEL COLLECTION GIFT SET RRP: £10.00. A Limited edition Mini Showergel set containing a deliciously scented quartet of KORRES most popular and best selling scents in miniature 40ml sizes. The perfect stocking filler! Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 40ml, BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 40ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 40ml, SANTORINI VINE SHOWERGEL 40ml.
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Tagged body care, Christmas presents, Hydration, Korres, luxury, Natural, organic, Stocking fillers
The summer is officially over, and with the weather changes ahead, your skin may be prone to getting dry. It’s time to take action (remember that it’s better to prevent rather than cure) and to intensify your moisturising routine, ensuring your complexion remains fully hydrated. Recently on the market is a great product I’ve been using over the past few weeks; luxurious and rich (yet light and easily absorbed) the new Environ intensive super moisturiser +, has been especially designed to combat enviromentally-induced dryness so it’s ideal to use during the dryer winter months. It contains Shea butter and pure grade Lanolin to protect the skin, as well as antioxidants to help shield it from the outside world. You can use it on its own or after a serum or day cream to boost its effect. I used it twice a day after cleansing and applying a brightening serum, and loved how it simply disappeared on application leaving no trace, just a feeling of freshness and healthy, hydrated skin. As I’ve experienced with all Environ products (I’m a massive fan!), it’s very effective and does what it says on the tin, so if you’re prone to dry skin this is the moisturiser for you. It’s so effective and gentle you can use it during pregnancy, when flying and it’s even used as after care following a cosmetic peel – to help keep skin hydrated and supple.
Super Moisturiser+ is ideal for:
- skin that has become drier with age
- skin affected by environmental factors
- skin affected by changing climatic conditions
- alleviating skin dryness following a peel
- comforting sensitive or compromised skin
- additional comfort alongside Environ’s vitamin A products
- an alternative moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin
Environ’s Intensive Super Moisturiser+ is packaged in a 50 ml airless pump dispenser, is priced £29.95 and is available from Environ’s UK and Ireland distributor iiaa (www.iiaa.eu /+44( 0)20 8 450 2020). For more information go to www.iiaa.eu.
If you’re in need of a break, check out the Wyboston Lakes hotel complex hidden away near Cambridge… I arrived at the hotel at about 10,30 pm on a weekday, after a long day. The train from King’s Cross was so speedy it felt more like a flight, earache included – but it got me to St Neots in no time. I arrived at the hotel complex courtesy of a chatty and well-travelled taxi driver, and when I eventually got there (in the dark, it was a maze of green spaces and hotel buildings) I was informed that my booking was made for the following day in error, and that the hotel was fully booked. However, the very efficient and helpful staff found me a perfectly adequate room in a nearby training centre. The building was fairly modern, carpeted and fairly neutral in design – a cross between a Spanish holiday resort (tiles and summery furniture) and a very English B&B.
The room was very clean and more of a little apartment, with a window overlooking a wild garden, a kitchenette which included a cooker and a fridge, and a bathroom. The television had seen better days and had very limited channels; however, I wasn’t there for the entertainment but for the purpose of relaxation! The bed was huge, very comfortable, and I had a very good night’s sleep. The next day I made myself a morning coffee in my room and went to have a shower. It seems that having so much green around has one minor side effect – spiders! As I walked into the shower I was greeted by a massive spider and thankfully managed not to scream and wake up the entire 501-540 section of the building. It hid somewhere, probably more scared of me than me of it, and I had a very pleasant power shower. The bathroom was pleasant, clean and tidy. I had breakfast amidst a crowd of corporate executives whom, judging by their animated conversations, were attending meetings in the center. Breakfast was a buffet with the usual offer of English breakfast, cereals, tea and coffee. I would have liked more fresh fruit in the menu, but the healthy eating choice was good. This is a hidden gem of a hotel complex. If you want to get away from it all or need to be near Cambridge and/or Milton Keynes, this is an excellent hotel choice. It is surrounded by green and even a lake, and has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Wifi and phone reception weren’t the best, but strangely enough, this small issue contributed to making my stay there even more relaxing – I had, literally, switched off. It also offers the superb Y Spa, which you can book to enjoy treatments or enjoy their facilities for the day.
For more information go to Wybostonlakes.co.uk.